Thursday, April 26, 2012

Recipe: Ziploc Homemade Ice Cream

This is a simple, easy treat perfect for the summer months ahead. Who doesn't love ice cream?

What you'll need:
2 tbsp. Sugar
1 cup Half & Half (or Heavy Cream)
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 pint Ziploc Bag

1/2 cup Salt
1 gallon Ziploc Bag

***This recipe makes about one serving. If you want to make more, I would suggest you repeat the steps instead of doubling the ingredients.***
Step 1
Mix sugar, cream, and vanilla extract in a bowl.

Step 2
Fill the gallon sized Ziploc bag half way full with ice and add salt. The salt lowers the freezing temperature of the cream mixture, allowing it to freeze at a slower rate. If it were to freeze too fast, the consistency wouldn't make for good ice cream.

Step 3
Pour the cream mixture into the pint size Ziploc bag, and make sure its sealed tightly. Place the bag of cream into the bag of ice and seal completely. Now comes the most difficult part, which isn't saying much. Not only is this extremely easy, its also an arm work out! Shake the bag for 5 to 10 minutes (or until hard) depending on the thickness of the cream you used. The bag will get really cold in your hands, so I recommend holding it between two dish cloths. 

Step 4
After you're done with Step 3, carefully remove the bag of cream and rinse in cold water to remove the salt from the exterior. 

Final Product
And that's that! You can either enjoy it straight from the bag, or scoop it into a dish. I topped mine with a homemade chocolate syrup I had made a few days ago. I'll briefly list the recipe below.

Homemade Chocolate Syrup
 1 1/2 cups Sugar
3/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 cup Water
Dash of Salt
 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
In a small sauce pan, whisk sugar, cocoa power, and salt. Add water, and bring mixture to a boil while stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and allow to cook for one minute. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Allow time to cool and store in refrigerator.

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